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Fitchburg State University Overview

Fitchburg State University is a public institution located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere of Fitchburg makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Fitchburg State University Known For?

815 Undergraduate Awards
$25,540 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the post-master's certificate is the highest award a student can attain at Fitchburg State.
  • In 2017-2018, 53% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Fitchburg State makes roughly $45,700 a year. This is 12% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Fitchburg State University Rankings

We have ranked Fitchburg State as #339 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Fitchburg State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Human Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Behavioral Science Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Physiology & Pathology Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#133 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Fitchburg State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Value Colleges for Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Human Services College Factual
#28 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#30 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#31 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#131 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Fitchburg State University?

Location of Fitchburg State University

Contact details for Fitchburg State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
Phone: 978-345-2151
Website: www.fitchburgstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FitchburgStateUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fitchburg_State

How Do I Get Into Fitchburg State?

You can apply to Fitchburg State online at: www.fitchburgstate.edu/admissions/applying/

Admission Requirements for Fitchburg State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Fitchburg State?

80% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Fitchburg State University is 80%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Fitchburg State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 490 to 580 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 480 to 560 )
200
800
Fitchburg State received ACT scores from 7% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 23. Math scores were between 19 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
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36

Can I Afford Fitchburg State University?

$25,540 Net Price
78% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Fitchburg State is $25,540. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Fitchburg State, approximately 78% of students took out student loans averaging $7,134 a year. That adds up to $28,536 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fitchburg State is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Fitchburg State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,319 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,163 undergraduate students at Fitchburg State, with 3,319 being full-time and 844 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Fitchburg State

There are also 3,036 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,319 full-time undergraduates at Fitchburg State, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Fitchburg State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Fitchburg State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fitchburg State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 74
Black or African American 367
Hispanic or Latino 437
White 2,256
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 171

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Fitchburg State University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 28 countries are represented at Fitchburg State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Germany.

Online Learning at Fitchburg State University

1,249 Took All Classes Online
5,033 Took At Least One Class Online
53.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Fitchburg State. In 2017-2018, 5,033 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Fitchburg State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 9th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Fitchburg State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Fitchburg State University was 53.7%. This is the #481 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Fitchburg State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Fitchburg State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 85%
Business Administration & Management 45%
Business, Management & Marketing 55%
Computer & Information Sciences 11%
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
Education 15%
Educational Administration 53%
Health Professions 3%
Human Resource Management 75%
Nursing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Fitchburg State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Fitchburg State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
History #3
History #3
Computer Software & Applications #8
Human Resource Management #11
Curriculum & Instruction #14
Teacher Education Grade Specific #28
Accounting #29
Educational Administration #30
Computer & Information Sciences #38
Nursing #71
Education #82
Business Administration & Management #120
Health Professions #129
Business, Management & Marketing #155

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Fitchburg State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 93 0 198 291
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 168 168
Special Education 6 0 106 112
Nursing 92 0 9 101
Interdisciplinary Studies 92 4 0 96
Human Resource Management 0 0 88 88
Criminal Justice & Corrections 54 0 3 57
General Biology 51 0 2 53
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 50 0 0 50
Computer Science 24 0 23 47
Design & Applied Arts 47 0 0 47
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25 0 20 45
General Psychology 40 2 0 42
Accounting 0 0 33 33
Communication & Media Studies 27 1 3 31
Human Services 31 0 0 31
Industrial Production Technology 29 0 0 29
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 28 0 0 28
Teacher Education Subject Specific 21 0 7 28
Educational Administration 0 15 4 19
Behavioral Science 0 16 0 16
History 11 0 4 15
Political Science & Government 14 0 0 14
Writing Studies 12 0 0 12
General English Literature 8 0 2 10
Drama & Theater Arts 9 0 0 9
Sociology 8 0 0 8
Architectural Sciences & Technology 7 0 0 7
Student Counseling 0 0 7 7
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 7
Health & Physical Education 6 0 0 6
Economics 6 0 0 6
Geological & Earth Sciences 5 0 0 5
Chemistry 4 0 0 4
Child Development & Psychology 4 0 0 4
Geography & Cartography 4 0 0 4
Environmental Control Technology 3 0 0 3
Mathematics 3 0 0 3
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 815 38 684 1,537

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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